Friday, 31 January 2020

What I've been Reading Through January

Even if it does feel like the longest month on earth, we are finally at the end of January which means I can share my January reads post with you. I've done quite a lot of these over the years and they've always proven popular because there is always someone, somewhere looking for book recommendations. 

I'm on book seven at the moment so I have six titles to share with you in this post. There's a real variety so I'm sure you'll find something to pick up and read.

Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon
Chick lit has always been a favourite of mine and Jane Fallon has fast become my go-to author for a bit of escapism. This is the sixth book I've read of hers and I always whizz through them because they're just that good. Getting Rid of Matthew is about an affair, a long-term lover and how everything comes crashing down - if you don't like stories about adultery then this won't be for you but they are written in a way that isn't promoted as a good thing - I hope that makes sense! I've just ordered another three of hers from eBay as my friend and I swap these between us all the time!

The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen 
I take part in read-a-longs with Tandem Collective every few months and it's one of my favourite things to do as it's always a book I wouldn't necessarily pick up myself. The Other Half of Augusta Hope was one of those books and although I warmed to it by the last page, I didn't love it. It follows the story of Augusta on a search of where she belongs when an awful tragedy turns everything on its head. It's beautifully written and intoxicating, the words throughout take you on a wonderful journey but I didn't warm to Augusta, to be honest, I didn't like her much at all and I think that is why I didn't love the book. Am I glad I read it? Yes but I wouldn't pick it up again, it's going into our book club for someone else to read.

Your Life in My Hands by Rachel Clarke
I love a medical-based book, I find them fascinating so Your Life in My Hands is one of a long list I've wanted to read recently. This wasn't quite what I expected but I loved it regardless. I was expecting stories from the wards when really this gives an informative and educational insight into Jeremy Hunt's rampage against Junior Doctors and what it was really like on the picket line.

If you use the NHS, you should read this - it's a great look at what is really going on in our hospitals.

Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
I openly admit I have quite a morbid fascination with the world wars and Auschwitz as I read quite a lot of books about it. I think it has more to do with learning as much as possible as I believe we should all know how gut-wrenchingly catastrophic it was and try and comprehend exactly what those who experienced it, went through. Cilka's Journey is the sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz and one I was eager to read. It is based on facts but the bulk of it is fiction as there wasn't much available about Cilka to help weave the story together. It makes me so sad that Cilka's hell continued after Auschwitz and I think it's so important to keep these stories and memories alive. 

The Binding by Bridget Collins
This was another book I read as part of a read-a-long with Tandem Collective and one I definitely wouldn't have picked up myself. I'm not massively into mystical and magical books, I think it's because I'm too much of a realist but I liked the description of this and thought why not. It's written in three parts and it wasn't until I reached the second part that I really felt myself getting into this. It's a bit of a slow burner but once I was there, I couldn't put it down - it's totally spellbinding and completely beautiful. The cover is also gorgeous so if pretty books are your thing, you'll love this one.

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
If you have the personality of a cactus, then this one is for you. I breezed through this one and really loved it, it's full of heart, emotion and wonderfully funny. I found Susan, the main character strangely loveable and I couldn't wait for the inevitable ending. 

It's a brilliantly lovely book if you need something easy and light-hearted to read.



  1. I seriously need to get into reading! I just find it so hard to concentrate.


  2. I have Cilka's Jounrey, Gettinf Rid of Matthew and The Binding sat on my bookshelf - must make a mental note to pick one of them up next!

  3. I've not heard of any of these book before so it was super interesting reading you thoughts on them all. The Cactus sounds interesting - I've added it onto my TBR shelf
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

  4. I bought my Mum Cilka's Journey for Christmas, she's really looking forward to reading it. I've read a Jane Fallon book before and really enjoyed it too!


  5. I read Cilka's journey this month and I agree we all need to know what went on in those darks times. The binding is on my list to read x

  6. Oooo they all sound so good! I love how much you read - makes me miss reading so much!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  7. The Binding is on my current wish list x

  8. The Other Half of Augusta Hope sounds like something I would enjoy, so I'm sorry to hear you didn't love the book. I would also like to read Cilka's Journey, but I need to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz first. I've been making effort to read more books this year, so I hope I can cross both of them off my list soon!

  9. The Cactus sounds faaaabbbb adding it to my list as we speak! x

  10. I'm doing a 25 hour flight in the next few days so this is a helpful guide for me! I think Your Life in My Hands will be right up my street, I love these kinds of reads
    Em x

  11. I really want to read the Tattooist of Auschwitz - though it's definitely one I'd have to mentally prepare myself for

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  12. You life in my hands sounds really interesting, anything to do with the NHS really gets me intrigued x

  13. I’m sure I have a Jane Fallon book around the house somewhere, with wine on the cover I think. Cilka’s journey sounds like a book I’d love so I’ve added that to my Amazon wish list.

  14. Your reading habit puts mine to shame but you always have such good recommendations x

  15. Love your recommendations. I was chuffed I managed 3 books this year, but oh my days your a super reader

  16. I'm actually currently reading the Cactus and really enjoying it. Susan is a tricky character at first but I've really warmed to her. I've still not read the Tattooist of Auschwitz (although it is on my shelf) but Cilka's Journey is on my list for when I do! Looking forward to seeing what else you read this year!


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